Distressed man seeks police help in Abbotsford

Man with mental health issues says he was contemplating disarming a police officer

  • Nov. 13, 2013 6:00 a.m.

A man who tried to tried to grab a police officer’s gun had to be Tasered to release his grip on the weapon, Abbotsford Police said about an incident that took place yesterday afternoon.

The incident began when the Abbotsford Police Department (APD) received a call from a man saying he needed help getting to hospital.

Police went to the home and spoke with the man, who told officers he needed mental health care.

The man expressed an interest in police-issued firearms and said he had received special military training and was thinking of disarming a police officer.

Const. Paul Walker said, for safety, the man was handcuffed and transported to hospital for medical treatment.

At the hospital, the man was placed onto a bed and was being secured with restraints by hospital staff and police when he grabbed hold of one of the officer’s holstered firearms.

Another officer deployed a conducted energy weapon, more commonly known as a Taser, and the man released his grip on the gun.

Walker said police and hospital staff were able to secure the man without any further incident.

The man sustained no serious injuries, though police noted minor redness from the Taser.

A press release from the APD states that they appreciate this man reaching out to police for help and hope he receives the treatment he needs.